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Issued at 16/09/2014 7:34am. Valid till 17/09/2014 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
gauge
Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
clock
Time of day
11am - 5pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
There has been a light coverage of new snow over the last 24 hrs. Apart from the snow surface the snowpack is wet grains to ground. New snow has fallen on a moist surface, bonding strength is good. Be cautious around steep terrain and watch for potential terrain traps on most aspects today, surface sloughing and point releases (especially on solar aspects this afternoon) could become quite deep if confined in narrow gullies. If you encounter snow that is unsupportive (rotten) at lower elevations late today then choose higher elevations.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
There has been no new activity over the past 24 hrs.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
There has been a light coverage of new snow over the past 24 hrs. This snow has fallen on to a moist snowpack, bonding to the old surface has been rapid. Further west snow fall totals are higher, caution will be required above 1900 m. Point releases and surface sloughing are a concern especially in steep terrain, avoid steep terrain for the next 24 hrs.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Cloudy periods, brief morning rain spreading from the west. Showers developing this evening with snow lowering to 900 m. Moderate NW winds, turning S and becoming strong after lunch. The freezing level lowering to 1500 m later with snow above 1200 m.


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Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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